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Bean Shell, Bush Dragon's Tongue Wax

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HEIRLOOM. An old, dual purpose French variety (Dragon Langerie).

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Dragon's Tongue Wax is an old, dual purpose French variety (Dragon Langerie) with gorgeous pods that are yellow streaked with purple. As snap beans, the pods turn all yellow after cooking, but they're delicious as shell beans too.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Bush Shelling

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

60-100 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6-8 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-18 inches

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  • Beans

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13

How to Sow

  • Because beans are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
  • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
  • Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 1 inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Keep sowing bush bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
  • Thin gradually to stand 6 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
  • Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines such as squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
  • For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days, when the pods start to dry on the plant.
  • To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
Bush Shelling
Days To Maturity
60-100 days
Fruit Size
6-8 inches
Full Sun
10 inches
12-18 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Bean Shell, Bush Dragon's Tongue Wax is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very tasty! Not only do these beans look really fun, but they taste amazing. Best beans I've ever eaten.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite bean! Bought these for 2017 and absolutely loved them! Tender, buttery, mild flavor. Our new family favorite.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Beans Ever!!! These are some of the best beans that I have ever grown. They are very easy to grow. We had very little rain this summer and these beans produced like none I have ever seen. They are beautiful to look at. Wonderful tasting to eat and they can very well. I cannot believe that more people have not tried them. We grew these and blue lake beans as the blue lake were our favorite. These heirloom beans out produced the blue lake by a mile and only stopped producing because I got tired of picking beans. These are a wonderful tasty treat for anyone who likes beans. Give them a try
Date published: 2012-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Bush Bean This bean is promoted for its looks, but its quality as an eating bean must be emphasized instead. We have a spring-early summer gardening season and a late summer-late fall gardening season here. Last year mid-summer temps exceeded 100 degress for months! Dragons Tongue was promoted for the fall season. They grew well, look as advertised, and what I want to emphasize is their flavor: excellent! ...and their most remarkable quality: their excellent consistency...unlike many beans these are tender and REMAIN CRISP after cooking...this is the only busy bean I would grow now...just wish they were available as a pole bean. I will try crossing some with my pole beans and see if that can be bred in. I am trying them during the spring gardening season to see if they do as well as they did last fall. I read the other review bemoaning the appearance of the beans when truth few colored pod beans hold their color when cooked...but few taste as good as Dragons Tongue and none I know of stay tender AND CRISP when properly cooked!
Date published: 2012-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Garden to Canning I was so smitten with the delightful colors of these beans on the packet, I simply had to buy them. The fact that it was a Burpee product and an heirloom to boot were just extra pluses. They grew beautifully on their bamboo tripods we made for them and the beans were gorgeous and loaded on the vines. My heartache occurred tonight when I canned my first 7 quarts - all of those gorgeous colors gone! Left in my jars were tannish/yellowish pods with no sign of the wonderful purple streaks, which were shining brightly thru the jars before going into the pressure cooker. I was hoping to blow away our fair officials - maybe I can still salvage 15 beautiful raw pods to show in that category, so the world can still see their true beauty.
Date published: 2009-08-04
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